Violence against Women

Day by day social networking sites are becoming a great partner for depleting the social causes from the society. It is always said that women are the backbone of the society as they play a diverse role i.e. a role of girl, daughter, sister, mother and a wife. But is a woman safe in the society from all evil causes that are disturbing the women’s status.

Recently facebook launched a new page for women “Violence against Women”. It is an open space platform where each and every woman is free to express there view and can also add comment on their social status. This page is liked by just 146 people, which show that today also somewhere women’s status is lacking behind towards the success doors.

Not only is gender-based violence on the rise, it has also taken on insidious forms that are justified in the name of faith, community and even development. In the run-up to the 16 Days Campaign against gender-based violence which begins November 25, Info change provides a primer on violence against women.

It would be extremely immature to say that violence against women does not exist. Despite the perceived acceptance of women being equal to men, and a plethora of laws and human rights guarantees, violence against women, which is also referred to as gender-based violence, is a reality that has assumed huge proportions. Shocking as these figures are, they are actually a gross underestimation of the actual situation, because crimes against women are highly under-reported. In India, there are 496,514,346 (2001 Census of India) girls and women. If all of them experience sexual harassment just once a year, and report it, the figure would be staggering.

According to Nivedita Menon, a well-known feminist scholar and professor of Political Science. She is the author of, amongst other books, Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond The Law in one of her lecture with IIPM student in Pune said, “Women, Peace and Justice: Not an Easy Equation? At the beginning, she said that at times peace and justice did not co-exist — in fact; you sometimes needed things to get quite ‘unpeaceful’ and chaotic in order to bring in justice. How the patriarchal system perpetuated itself through a series of overt and subtle conventions and institutions — marriage, property and morality for example. Are women ‘naturally’ caring and considerate, peace-loving and less aggressive, she questioned, or is this a convenient way of maintaining the status quo? She emphasized that feminism as an ideology is as liberating to men as it is to women. Using examples from Hindi films and TV serials, it was a thought-provoking and engaging lecture. The questions focused on the issue of rape — or, she pointed out, the threat of rape — and how this was used to control women’s behaviour and their free expression of their own sexuality.”

So, it is very important to raise awareness about the impact of violence against the women which helps break down myths and stereotypes that are sometimes used to justify violence, and it also allows those at risk of violence to be able to better understand how they can protect themselves and those around them.

Pratiksha Chauhan